Listen to stories of people helping their communities and doing what's right.
"You can hear the shopping cart coming down the sidewalk."
“And you said, ‘I want you to do that house, please.’”
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Voices of Civil Rights
Deepen your understanding of the history of civil rights in America by listening to the voices of people who live it.
"He really talked that night."
Taylor Rodgers and his wife Bessie were at the Mason Temple when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous ”I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.
“Being in a place like that, I didn’t feel like we was human.”
In 1963, more than a dozen African American girls, including Carol Barner-Seay, Shirley Reese, Diane Bowens, and Verna Hollis, were arrested for protesting segregation in Americus, Georgia. At StoryCorps, they remember being held in a small makeshift jail for nearly two months.
"We walked every day from sunup to sunset."
Lawrence Cumberbatch tells his son about walking from New York City to Washington, D.C., to take part in the August 1963 March on Washington.